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click to enlarge Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers know the formula for - success: an acoustic guitar, a cooler and lots of - fireworks.
  • Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers know the formula for success: an acoustic guitar, a cooler and lots of fireworks.

"I consider my art in the service of life, ultimately," says Roger Clyne.

So, it follows that each album he's created, whether with '90s college-rock band The Refreshments or with the Americana-tinged Peacemakers, can serve as a mile marker on the road of life.

Best known for their song "Banditos," The Refreshments had an unpredictable live show, sometimes featuring milk and cookies. But when the Refreshments disbanded, Clyne began exploring deeper American roots and Latin rhythms with more maturity.

"I don't want to stagnate as a person," he says. "I don't want to quit growing. I almost feel like it's a natural duty to evolve."

2004's Americano! cemented Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers as the only independent band to have four consecutive albums in Billboard's Top 10 list of Internet sales. Clyne is reluctantly proud of this achievement.

"As much as I want to fly the black flag and say, "Screw them all,' I do find that I have a small point of pride," he says. "I wouldn't say that we actively shun the industry. We continue to operate despite the industry's fumbles.

"We're a ma-and-pa organization that leads with our art and our heart, and we believe that commerce should follow that."

The "ma-and-pa organization" throws a biannual party, Circus Mexicus, in Puerto Peasco, Mexico, that attracts close to 4,000 fans, the majority of whom are Americans who travel to the event. On May 20, David Lowery and Johnny Hickman of Cracker, major influences in Clyne's music, will join the Peacemakers in Mexico. Clyne says this is his favorite show of the year.

"We get to steal away to Mexico and be the people's rock stars."


Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers, with Leer43

The Black Sheep, 2106 E. Platte Ave.

Friday, April 21, 9 p.m.

Tickets: $10-$12; visit ticketweb.com.


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